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The two top guys at the DIA get tossed, along with a bde cdr in the 82nd Airborne

The top two guys at the DIA got defenestrated. I hope it wasn’t because they had me over to visit earlier this week. General Flynn will be missed. I suspect he was too innovative a thinker for the DIA, which has sat out much of the game for the last 10 years. Sometimes I think ...

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U.S. Army/Flickr
U.S. Army/Flickr

The top two guys at the DIA got defenestrated. I hope it wasn't because they had me over to visit earlier this week. General Flynn will be missed. I suspect he was too innovative a thinker for the DIA, which has sat out much of the game for the last 10 years. Sometimes I think there should be a bureaucratic epitaph: "Done in by the Deadwood."

Meanwhile, Col. Patrick Hynes of the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team got the big heave-ho from the division commander. Reason given was the same old obscure loss of confidence in his ability to command. I hope it was for professional incompetence and not personal misbehavior. Neither one is good, but the Army should have no place for mediocre leaders who meet personal standards.

The top two guys at the DIA got defenestrated. I hope it wasn’t because they had me over to visit earlier this week. General Flynn will be missed. I suspect he was too innovative a thinker for the DIA, which has sat out much of the game for the last 10 years. Sometimes I think there should be a bureaucratic epitaph: "Done in by the Deadwood."

Meanwhile, Col. Patrick Hynes of the 82nd Airborne‘s 2nd Brigade Combat Team got the big heave-ho from the division commander. Reason given was the same old obscure loss of confidence in his ability to command. I hope it was for professional incompetence and not personal misbehavior. Neither one is good, but the Army should have no place for mediocre leaders who meet personal standards.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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